(08/04/2005)
Submitted by Mary Beth Neff
Administrative Assistant
Alliance HCAP

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Roane General Medical Clinic, as members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance, rolls out its grant program to assure access to primary care for uninsured adults with asthma, diabetes, hypertension and depression. Services will be provided at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Roane General Medical Clinic and the following facilities: Coplin Memorial Community Health Center; Jackson County Community Health Center; Ritchie County Primary Care Association; Sistersville General Hospital; Camden Clark Memorial Hospital (Diagnostic services only)

In addition to primary care services for the chronic diseases of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and depression, other services include: regional nutritional counseling services, physician volunteer model for specialty referrals, CCMH mobile asthma outreach program, certified diabetic educator, exercise programs, group counseling for depression, improved access to pharmacy assistance programs, and a durable medical equipment loan program.

"We are excited to be able to provide access to primary care for those who do not have insurance or the funds to get the care they have needed," said Sandy Swisher, Family Nurse Practitioner and Project Care Manager.

"Each participant will be assigned a care manager and will also benefit by improving in their ability to care for themselves. We have specific goals to measure for each disease, and believe we have the program in place to see measurable differences in outcomes," Swisher stated.

Please contact Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center at 304-354-9244 or the Alliance HCAP central office in Parkersburg at 304-424-6884 for information regarding enrollment dates and criteria into the HCAP.

Or contact Roane General Medical Clinic at 304-927-6822 or the Alliance HCAP central office in Parkersburg at 304-424-6884.


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